All through American history, improvements in military proficiency have been driven by innovation. Arms of the military have constantly managed to utilize technology in innovative and ingenious ways to subdue the enemy.
Admittedly, the United States troops have experienced immense changes in the last ten years. It’s not just the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, which imparted American soldiers with extremely useful combat skills and experience. There is also the advent of innovative technology. That includes GPS guided weaponry system that can make even a few American soldiers extremely lethal on the combat zone. Not only has this made American combat troops nearly invincible, but also much deadlier. Consequently, potential and real foes have had to adjust accordingly, and were beaten anyway if they attacked American troops.
We’re not talking about the bullet proof protective vests which have been around since the 90’s, but better communications, better night vision devices, sensors, robots, better combat zone medical care, more UAV’s and computers. In a nutshell, there has been more change witnessed in the military than ever before.
Technologies the United States Uses to Subdue their Enemies
This post highlights several technologies that the American military will need to fight the next war. Examples are advanced weaponry system, better combat zone communications, quitter, faster helicopters, and light infantry equipment.
Quieter, Faster Helicopters
When Taliban rebels sabotaged a special operations aircraft in Afghanistan, killing thirty American soldiers, it was clear that our forces need quieter, faster helicopters. Medical evacuation units and special operators, specifically, require more speed to evade enemy fire and to get to dangerous parts of the combat zone.
This safety, speed and noise demands are pressuring producers to abandon traditional helicopter designs, which professionals say limits the helicopters’ speed. Instead of conventional helicopters capable of moving at cruise speeds of up to 170 knots, the military is likely to rely more on other aircraft which can attain cruise speeds of up to 250 knots.
Light Infantry Military Equipment
For soldiers to have a better shot at winning and surviving wars, they must move around with a load of equipment that includes batteries, communication gadgets and ammunition. Scientists in both the industry and the government are focused on finding ways to lighten loads that can reach a hundred pounds by shedding weight through logistics and technology.
Soldiers can’t go to war without their body armor. The standard vest worn by a soldier weighs about thirty five pounds. Designers are looking for ways to balance comfort, weight and protection as well as devise ways to contour the armor so that it feels lighter. Some evidence suggests that that extremely light weight Nanomaterials that could revolutionize body armor are only a few years away from being realized.
Anytime Anywhere Communication
Improved portable broadband communication is always on the military’s wish list. American soldiers want similar technology that powers super-fast commercial cellular networks so they can share videos, photos and keep tabs on their unit’s whereabouts. The military is attempting to bridge the bandwidth-shortage-gap that exists today in battlefields. The difference between the connectivity that troops are used to back home and what is at their disposal when they are deployed is unsatisfactory.
Remotely piloted drones have provided soldiers with overhead surveillance as well as the capacity to dispatch precision guided bombs. One thing seaborne, air and land robotic systems share is that someone is controlling them from a distance. In the next war, however, military leaders want drones that can think for themselves and make independent decisions.
Cheap Liquid Fuel
Any company that can produce fuel cheaper than what the United States military is presently using, JP-8, will have the world’s leading consumers of petroleum waiting with open arms to buy it. Admittedly, such a product could save the military billions of dollars annually.
Wide area Surveillance
Low altitude, medium endurance autonomous drones have provided the United States military with a means to circle over a specific area and keep tabs on suspected insurgents in countries like Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan. As an improvement, researchers are working on better high-flying aircraft that can soar higher than fifty thousand feet to scope out wider view over an area of interest.
The ever-changing technology of war is driven by battlefield experience. Expect dramatic changes to how war is fought in the future.